The Core Team

Professor John Fisher

CBE, Academic Director

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Professor Fisher is Academic Director of the Medical Technologies IKC.

He is a leading researcher in Medical Engineering and is the former Director of the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Research interests include joint replacement and substitution, tissue re-engineering and functional spinal interventions. Professor Fisher is also director of Tissue Regenix, a company which specialises in the development of regenerative medical devices.

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Dr Jo Dixon-Hardy

Director of Medical Technology Innovation

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Dr Dixon-Hardy is an experienced programme manager and project director with an extensive background in scientific research and teaching.

She is Director of Medical Technologies Innovation at the University of Leeds, Operations Director for the Medical Technologies Innovation and Knowledge Centre, Deputy Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices.  She was Director of Operations for  the WELMEC Centre of Excellence in Medical Engineering 2009-15 and continues to manage the continuation of the activity through the Medical Engineering Initiative funded by the Wellcome Trust.  Jo is also a qualified Business and Executive Coach and contributes significantly to the development and delivery of initiatives which help early career researchers in medical technologies realise their potential.

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Dr Graeme Howling

Senior Technology Innovation Manager

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Dr Howling manages the IKC’s portfolio of active Proof of Concept projects and is responsible for identifying new technology opportunities and providing support in order to advance development and commercial investment readiness. 

He manages the POC funding process and provides professional project management support for the projects funded.

Prior to the IKC Dr Howling worked for almost 10 years in a number of research and innovation roles at Smith & Nephew, an international medical devices company. He has a PhD in cell biology and tissue engineering and has an excellent understanding of the medical devices industry and its challenges, as well as a sound background in scientific project management and innovation.

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Rowan Grant

Communications and Engagement Manager

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As Communications and Engagement Manager at the Medical Technologies IKC, Rowan is responsible for the management and coordination of the partner engagement activities delivered by Centre to its commercial, clinical and academic partners in the UK and across the globe.

Her responsibilities include creating and implementing the marketing and communications strategy, including developing and maintaining the Centre’s digital presence, scoping and coordinating events, writing case studies, news, press releases and all other aspects of communications from the IKC.

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Nick Chester

Reporting Officer

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Nick is responsible for information management and reporting requirements across the Medical Technologies portfolio.

Nick acts as the system administrator for both our internal MS Access database and the CRM system that tracks activity in our portfolio.

By maintaining and querying our information resources, we can measure the progress and impact of individual projects, programmes, and the entire portfolio. The results are submitted to funders, formatted into dissemination materials, and used to determine the programmes’ future direction.

Nick supports technology innovation managers in developing innovative ways of managing information, with particular emphasis on shared working and collaboration in multi-partner programmes. He also handles several aspects of admin and programme finance for our partner programmes, and serves as the departmental lead for data protection and governance.

Career history

With a background is in museum collections documentation. Nick has worked with varied collections at a number of internationally-renowned organisations, such as the V&A, the Geffrye Museum and the Crafts Council. he developed and implemented collection databases and helped align these organisations’ documentation practices with national standards. Ultimately, this widened public access to information about their collections.

Qualifications and memberships

Nick has a BA in History from the University of Leeds (2009) and a Masters in Museum Studies from Newcastle University (2010).

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